When allegations are lodged by parents, whether it be allegations of abuse, neglect or other poor parenting, or perhaps a parent wishes to move out of state, the court has no way to investigate what is going on outside of the courtroom. Professionals, like Ms. Joseph, are appointed to serve as family court guardians ad litem, when these issues arise. Too often it is the children who suffer, and because the welfare of a child is always the court’s greatest concern, it can be difficult for the court to identify what is truth, or in some instances, what is in the best interests of the child. As a result, the court can appoint a “friend of the court” known as a family court guardian ad litem, who serves as the “eyes and ears of the court” outside of the courtroom, and often appointed to assist the court in making recommendations in the child’s best interests, as to disputes between parents, on issues of time sharing, decision-making, parenting plans, modification and even relocation, and other serious or high conflict family court issues. Sadly, children are often the ones who suffer the most in protracted litigation, especially when the parents become so focused on the fight, that they lose sight of the needs of their child. It is the child’s voice that can get lost in the shuffle and given the least consideration, without the help of guardians.
For the Law Offices of Kelley A. Joseph, P.A., however, advocating for children in the Florida courts is one of the highest priorities. A guardian ad litem or court-appointed guardian is a person appointed by the court to serve as an advocate on behalf of children involved in legal proceedings. She is often asked to make recommendations on custody, relocation, time sharing, supervision, parenting plans, special needs parenting plans and parental decision-making as well as other child-related issues in divorce, paternity and modification cases.
Plantation, Florida, family law attorney, and Supreme Court-certified guardian ad Litem, Kelley A. Joseph has been appointed by Broward Judges over 20 times in the Florida courts to serve in this role.
“One of the things that my clients appreciate about working with me is my commitment to making sure the best interests of their children are never forgotten in the proceedings. Because I have earned the trust of the court to advocate for children in the family court system, and because of my own personal experience as a mother of an child with autism, my clients know that I will be trustworthy, passionate and empathetic to their child-related divorce and paternity matters, as well.” ∙ Plantation lawyer Kelley A. Joseph